This is the moment the Incredible Book arrived at our house – and I wasn’t there!
I had carefully squeezed in a visit to my parents between the last of my uni hand-ins and the arrival of the book, or so I thought. But then the book came early!
Julian came to the rescue (as usual) and sent a copy recorded delivery to my parents’ house and actually I am so glad it worked out that way. My mum and dad have both been battling poor health lately, so it was lovely to share such a special moment with them. And I have written before about how important my mother’s deep care for the earth has been to me.
Now I’m back home and it’s all systems go to get the books out to the wonderful people who backed our Kickstarter campaign.
The first two sacks went to our local post office this morning and it feels a little daunting, letting this book go out into the wide, wide world.
But I’m also feeling so thankful: to the people in Todmorden who shared their stories and were so endlessly helpful; to Pam for her willingness to work with me; to everyone who believed in the book enough to back our Kickstarter; to Julian, whose business made it possible for me to take the time to write it; to our three young adult offspring who cheered me on whenever I was flagging – the list goes on!
Like the Incredible Edible project itself, the book is the result of very many people giving their time and energy with great kindness.
It’s been such a huge privilege to help tell this story and I really hope it will inspire. I hope it will spread the magic of Incredible Edible Todmorden, which demonstrates so clearly that, as Pam says, it doesn’t take complicated strategies and important people to bring about change. It takes you, me and everyone else believing that small actions have great power and then getting on and doing something.
Our main job for now is to get the books out to our Kickstarter backers, but I’m excited to say that from 2 June, the book will be available to buy online.
Watch this space – or pre-order a copy here! Meanwhile, I’ve got some envelopes to stuff.